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Addressing animal Health

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Addressing animal Health

  1. 1. AddressingAnimal Health IssuesLisa McCrory, Earthwise Farm and Forest Beginning Women Farmer Conference March 22 & 23, 2012
  2. 2. Healthy Livestock are part of a whole farm system
  3. 3. Healthy Soilstarts from the soil up
  4. 4. A good balance of mineralsand organic matter
  5. 5. Biological Life
  6. 6. With healthy soils, you can produce high quality feedfor your livestock
  7. 7. Beyond Nutritional Needs• Clean Water• Adequate Shelter• Sunlight• Freedom of Movement• Pasture to Graze• Fresh Air
  8. 8. WaterDairy Cow = 10-25 gallonsBeef Cow = 10-20 gallons Horses = 8-12 gallons Pigs = 6-8 gallons Sheep = 2-3 gallons Goats = 2-3 gallons
  9. 9. Good quality, plentiful water is important.It is best to have waterin the paddocks where the animals are grazing (during the grazing season).
  10. 10. Fresh air,Sunlight, Shelter, Outdoors• *A comfortable animal is a happy animal• * Opportunities to lie down (chew cud for ruminants)• * Adequate perching space and nesting boxes• * Good ventilation• * Dry place to lie down
  11. 11. Fresh Air, Comfort
  12. 12. Fresh Air, Comfort
  13. 13. Know Your Animals
  14. 14. Signs of Good Health• Glossy Coat• Bright Eyes• Good Mobility• Good Body Condition• Alert• Manure –• Appetite – food and water• Milk Quality (for dairy animals)
  15. 15. Fly Control & Parasite Management
  16. 16. Flies can bring stress anddisease to your livestock.There are many resourcelinks in your handout tohighlight products ,companies, and good oldfarmer ingenuity.- - Fly traps- - Fly parasites- - Clean up manure and wet/moist areas where flies like to lay their eggs.
  17. 17. Parasites:Preventive Strategies - - Rotational grazing system plan - - Know the parasite life cycles - - Monitor your livestock - - multi species grazing - - rotate pasture and hay land
  18. 18. Health Products used onEarthwise Farm and Forest
  19. 19. Preventive Products on Earthwise Farm and ForestOffered Free Choice On hand in case of need• Minerals, clay minerals • Electrolytes• Salt • Peppermint liniment• Kelp • Iodine (teat dip and navel dip)• Humates • Nutritional boluses • Lotion • Homeopathic remedies
  20. 20. Questions/Discussions • Lisa McCrory • Earthwise Farm and Forest • www.earthwisefarman dforest.com • 802-234-5524 • Lmccrory@hughes.net

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